Tea party primary challenger ad says Boehner has 'Electile Dysfunction'
April 14th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
5 days ago

Tea party primary challenger ad says Boehner has 'Electile Dysfunction'

(CNN) - It's not the first time House Speaker John Boehner's name has been used to make a sophomoric sex joke, but it could be the most memorable.

The Ohio Republican's primary opponent, tea party-backed J.D. Winteregg, is using Boehner's name in a parody themed campaign ad, which accuses the longtime congressman of having "Electile Dysfunction."

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Filed under: 2014 • John Boehner
April 10th, 2014
01:35 PM ET
1 week ago

McAllister urged to resign by top Republicans

Updated 4:35 p.m ET, 4/10/2014

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called Thursday on Rep. Vance McAllister to resign after surveillance video surfaced showing the married Louisiana congressman kissing an aide in his office.

"Congressman McAllister's behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign," he said in a statement. "He says he wants privacy to work on his issues with his family. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress."
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Filed under: 2014 • John Boehner • Louisiana • Vance McAllister
April 4th, 2014
09:44 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Inside Politics: Is Democrats' long winter over?

Winter over for Democrats? The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7% in March, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday morning. The figure is just shy of expectations for 200,000 jobs to be created. The idea had been that the warming weather will help kick-start the job market, and Democrats hope that with it will come a sunnier outlook for them, too.

The cold and snow, punctuated by the Polar Vortex, had kept earlier 2014 reports below expectations.

The control that presidents have over the economy is generally overstated. But it’s a harsh truth of politics that they unfairly take the blame when things go bad and unfairly get credit when things go well. President Obama, with his low approval rating and with Democrats’ bleak prospects heading into the 2014 midterm elections this fall, will take any kind of credit he can get.

Pair the decent jobs numbers with the news this week that Obamacare - once thought to be on life support - reached (and even exceeded a tiny bit) it’s original goal of enrolling 7 million people in private insurance, and that makes a pretty good week for the President and his party.

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Boehner does what he hasn't done in four years
April 3rd, 2014
03:30 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Boehner does what he hasn't done in four years

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is doing something he hasn't done since 2010 – he's running campaign commercials.

The re-election team for the 12-term lawmaker, who represents Ohio's 8th Congressional district in the southwestern part of the state, confirms to CNN that they're running a TV ad in the Cincinnati and Dayton markets over the next ten days.

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Filed under: 2010 • 2014 • House • House of Representatives • John Boehner • Ohio
March 28th, 2014
01:30 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Political Circus: The joke's on us

Washington (CNN)—Come on House Speaker John Boehner.

We know you’re miffed about Obamacare’s latest extension...
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Filed under: John Boehner • Obamacare • President Obama • Rand Paul • Scott Brown • Uncategorized
March 26th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Boehner rips latest Obamacare extension: 'What the hell is this, a joke?'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner ripped a decision to extend the March 31 Obamacare enrollment deadline for some people who have not finished signing up.

"What the hell is this, a joke?" he said on Wednesday of the Obama administration’s latest change in carrying out the politically charged health law.

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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • John Boehner • Obamacare • President Obama
A Boehner bypass? House conservatives have their own midterm message
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalese, R-Louisiana, is pushing a major jobs bill on Capitol Hill.
March 26th, 2014
10:53 AM ET
4 weeks ago

A Boehner bypass? House conservatives have their own midterm message

Washington (CNN) – An influential group of House conservatives, unhappy with the midterm strategy of Speaker John Boehner and other top House Republicans, plans to lay out its own election year message on the economy on Wednesday.

"I think our leadership has been good about showing what we're against. I think one area where we've had weakness is we really haven't shown what we're for," Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise said.

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Filed under: 2014 • House Republicans • John Boehner
March 14th, 2014
02:07 PM ET
1 month ago

An Ode to Dr. Seuss (and the politicians who misuse his work)

We do not like Seuss filibusters.

Such lengthy speeches are full of bluster.

We do not like them in the House.

We do not like them from Todd Palin’s spouse.

We do not like them here or there.

We do not like them anywhere.

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Filed under: Colin Powell • John Boehner • President Obama • Rep. Randy Weber • Rick Perry • Todd Palin
Boehner invites Pope to address Congress
March 13th, 2014
03:32 PM ET
1 month ago

Boehner invites Pope to address Congress

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner marked Pope Francis’ first anniversary Thursday by extending an open invitation to him to address a joint meeting of Congress.

Boehner, who is Catholic, noted in a statement that the Argentinian was the first Pope "to hail from the Americas."
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Filed under: Congress • John Boehner • Pope Francis
One CBO report: Two fast, political reactions
February 18th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
2 months ago

One CBO report: Two fast, political reactions

Washington (CNN) – Republicans and Democrats reacted with lightning speed and polarizing conclusions to a new report on the minimum wage released Tuesday.

To the GOP, it is evidence that Democrats' policies would cut jobs; to Democrats, it shows that Republicans' ideas would keep more people in poverty.

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